Adding a front-court piece in hopes of finally returning to the playoffs, the Washington Wizards on Friday acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade.
Phoenix will get injured center Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014.
The Suns are sending guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown, and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive that trio.
The 6-foot-11-inch, 240-pound Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. He is entering his eighth NBA season, and has averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while playing for Orlando, Toronto, and Phoenix.
Marshall was the 13th overall choice in the 2012 draft.
Okafor has been sidelined indefinitely by a herniated disk in his neck.
With a young, dynamic pair of guards in John Wall and Bradley Beal, along with rookie small forward Otto Porter, the Wizards were in need of frontcourt court help as they try to reach the postseason for the first time since 2007-08.
Andrew Bogut gets extension
Golden State extended the contract of center Andrew Bogut.
A person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press it was for three years and $36 million and could be worth up to $42 million with incentives.
Bogut’s contract was set to expire after this season.
The Warriors acquired Bogut in a trade-deadline deal in March 2012 that sent guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee. He did not play for Golden State that season while recovering from a fractured left ankle.
Bogut missed 50 of 82 games last season, mostly because of soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. He also battled back and knee injuries while averaging a career-low 5.8 points to go with 7.7 rebounds, but he was at his best in the playoffs, particularly on defense.
Also, the Warriors waived guard Seth Curry, brother of Golden State’s Stephen, center Dewayne Dedmon, and forward Joe Alexander. They also exercised the fourth-year option on shooting guard Klay Thompson and the third-year options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for the 2014-15 season.
Mike Miller upset with leak
Former Miami Heat forward Mike Miller said he did not want details of a failed investment with someone accused of operating a multimillion-dollar real-estate fraud released publicly.
Miller said his attorney, Andrew Fine, was not authorized to tell the Miami Herald for an article posted online late Thursday night that he was considering a lawsuit against the Heat. Miller, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, told the Associated Press Friday he’s not even sure how much money he lost.
A Heat employee allegedly introduced Miller to Haider Zafar, a Pakistani native and US legal resident who is awaiting trial on wire fraud and other charges. Fine testified at Zafar’s bond hearing in August that Miller and other Heat players, along with other Florida residents, invested $8 million with Zafar.
Reggie Jackson staying put
The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on former Boston College guard Reggie Jackson. Oklahoma City also announced it had picked up its third-year options for guard Jeremy Lamb and forward Perry Jones. Jackson is entering his third season with the Thunder. He has career averages of 4.5 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 115 games . . . Royce White was waived from the 76ers, according to media reports. White was a first-round pick of Houston last season, but never played a game for them. The Iowa State product suffers from anxiety disorder that hinders his ability to travel by air to games . . . According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs signed free agent forward Josh Howard to a non-guaranteed deal . . . Officials called off a preseason game between the Bucks and Raptors in Milwaukee because of concerns about the condition of the floor. Officials stopped the game with 5:58 left in the first after players slipped on the court surface. It was the final preseason game for both teams.